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Address: 1530 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto, CA
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Beautiful morning hike!

So worth the short drive out here for wide open spaces and beautiful views! There was a nice unmanned center with information and excellent bathroom facilities at the parking... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
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The Woodlands
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The Woodlands
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144 reviews 144 reviews
72 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

So worth the short drive out here for wide open spaces and beautiful views! There was a nice unmanned center with information and excellent bathroom facilities at the parking area. Be sure to grab a map because there are so many different trails! They had a nice recommendation for one of the more longer hikes that had a nice variety... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I was visiting Staford with my daughter and found myself with a few hours on my own, so decided to get some fresh air and exercise. The preserve is very easy to find, about 15 minute's drive from the university. The parking lot was full but somebody pulled out just as I arrived. There is a small visitor center with... More 

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Cuttingsville, Vermont
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92 reviews 92 reviews
23 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

We never miss up a chance to hike through this lovely spot. Every year when we visit our daughter and her family we come up here at least once to enjoy the trails and views. The scenery couldn't be more different than our native Vermont and just as lovely. It's only a few minutes west of downtown Palo Alto but... More 

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San Jose, California
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Plenty of parking, clean bathrooms (no porta potties here; real toilets/real sinks), several trails. The only downside is no shade in the summer. My hiking group hikes at a variety of parks, so we save Arastradero for cooler days. The hills are gentle and wide compared to many areas so it's great for beginning hikers or those rehabbing from injuries.... More 

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Palo Alto
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32 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

The best part of this preserve is that it exists! It is a great gift to the Bay Area that there are still natural places like this that aren't covered in tract home McMansions or research parks. Take water and sunscreen - there's not a lot of shade on these pretty hikes.

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San Francisco, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

This is a user-friendly outdoor space; great for a gentle mountain bike ride or a sunny hike. There is a small interpretive center and the trails are reasonably well marked, though it is easy to get turned around.

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Palo Alto, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

You don't have to go far to get to this secluded place where you can hear birds and running water. Drive for few minutes from downtown Palo Alto, you will find this place tucked in a quiet road. My favorite trail is the long uphill trail passing the reservoir. Scenery is beautiful in all seasons, my favorite time for hiking... More 

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Los Altos, California
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98 reviews 98 reviews
22 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

I like this area a lot for a short hike in the hills with the dog (yes, dogs are allowed on leash). It's got hills, open space, woods, water, parking, restrooms, and several trails. And it's easy to get to from the Peninsula without having to drive into the mountains. Only problems are it's so close to I-280 that you... More 

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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

Wanna get away from the suburban sprawl and see some nature theatre? Go here. I saw rabbits, hawks, coyote, and lots of great views. An excellent place to take the kids hiking so they can get some energy out.

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